Over the past few weeks, Insiders Tarik El-Bashir and Rich Tandler have taken one more look the Redskins’ depth chart, position-by-position, as the team prepares to head to Richmond for training camp. Some battles figure to be straightforward. Others could get complicated. This much, however, cannot be debated: A player is not on the 53-man roster until its finalized Sept. 5. So who’s in? And who’s in jeopardy? Up today …
Position: Tight end
On the roster: Jordan Reed, Niles Paul, Logan Paulsen, Chase Dixon, Je’Ron Hamm, Devin Mahina
Likely to make the 53: Reed, Paul, Paulsen
Comment: Some players who are injury prone early in their careers stay that way. Others figure out how to take care of their bodies and how to play under control on the field in order to prevent injuries. We will begin to see which group Reed falls into this season.
In his 32-game NFL career, he has missed 12 games with injuries and has been on the injury report or injured reserve for a total of 17 of them. He did not get this year off to a good start as he had a procedure done to his knee and was sidelined for the entire offseason program. If Reed stays healthy he has the potential to catch 80 passes for 1,000 yards. But getting on the field and staying there are the first steps.
Paul was a capable backup to Reed. He caught more passes (39) for more yards (507) than he did in his first three years in the league combined. During OTAs it was apparent that he had added some weight in an effort to improve his blocking.
Blocking is what Paulsen does best. He caught just 13 passes for 78 yards. Paulsen will contribute on special teams as well.
Battling for a job: Mahina, Dixon, Hamm
Comment: During OTAs Mahina looked like the type of player who could make a good impression during preseason and at 6-6, 250 he looks good getting off of the bus. But it would be a stretch to think that the 26-year-old rookie has a realistic shot at the 53-man roster. He, Dixon, and Hamm are likely to be competing for spots on the practice squad.
Redskins position previews 2015: